Apple has been reaffirmed as a certified supplier by the National Grid for Learning (NGfL), a UK-government-backed initiative developed to "ensure schools get the best IT support".

Apple has been an approved supplier since the inception of the NGfL three years ago. In a statement in the House of Commons, Michael Wills, Minister for Learning and Technology, said: "National Grid for Learning Managed Services has helped develop a strong healthy competitive market for ICT equipment and services to education. Suppliers are proud to hold this certification, and it is recognised by both suppliers and customers alike as a quality mark."

Quality assurance Fred Daly, director general of the NGfL at Becta, said: "NGfL Managed Services free teachers from technical issues and aid sustainable ICT budgeting. NGfL Managed Services not only provide real choice, but also set reassuringly high standards in which customers can have total confidence."

NGfL Managed Services aims to provide a one-stop shop providing access to ICT, leaving teachers and lecturers free to concentrate on teaching rather than technical issues.

Apple is currently rationalizing its eductional-sales strategy across Europe, in an attempt to increase its educational-market share.